Dear Students and Parents of the Forest Park Community:
Welcome to another exciting year of band and orchestra at Forest Park Elementary! I am happy to welcome a new strings teacher to our program: Ms. Deborah Brown. She will be teaching this program through the After-School Enrichment program, so participating students will need to register for those classes through their website. The cost will be $160 for each term.
Fifth grade band will meet at 7:15 AM – 7:45 AM on Mondays (beginning on September 26th) with make-ups on Tuesday when Mondays fall on school holidays.
Fourth grade band will meet at 7:15 AM – 7:45 AM on Wednesday mornings (beginning on September 28th).
Strings classes will meet at 2:15 – 3:15 PM on Wednesday afternoons (beginning on September 28th).
There are a limited number of school instruments available to rent, including flutes, clarinets, cornets (trumpet), trombones, violins, violas and cellos. We will ask for more instruments from the district as the need arises.
Instrument rental is $75 for the school year. They must be returned before the summer, but we will reserve fourth grade students’ instruments for rental during the following year. I have printed out contracts for instrument rental, but you may download the contract and more detailed information about the process from: http://www.ppsarts.com/instrument-rental-form/ Be sure to fill out the form completely and get it to me ASAP. You may bring these completed forms to the office so that may be put in my box.
Keep in mind that you will likely get a better instrument and better maintenance for it if you rent the instrument from a local music store. These usually rent for around $20 per month. Please contact me if you are interested in purchasing an instrument so I may help you find the best instrument for the best price. Often students will use instruments pass down from a sibling, parent or grandparent. I recommend taking these to an instrument repair shop to make sure they are in working order. Instruments may develop problems over time even when they are not being used.
Dr. Bob Price